viernes, 12 de octubre de 2012

The Swimming Lesson


The Swimming Lesson

Do you think it was an easy lesson?
It always started at the same time
Ten o´clock in the morning
After breakfast

Do you think it was an easy lesson?
The previous night you would tell me
“tomorrow is your swimming lesson,
We start at ten o´clock as usual”

Do you think it was an easy lesson?
I would spend the night sweating
Having nightmares, visions of despair
Hour after hour without sleep

Do you think it was an easy lesson?
The following morning
Breakfast would choke in my throat
My legs would fail me

Do you think it was an easy lesson?
I would stare at the hands
Slowly going up with effort
Minute after minute
 
Do you think it was an easy lesson?
Five minutes to ten the unavoidable
Anguish would seize me
Cries for help wouldn’t reach my tongue

Do you think it was an easy lesson?
My Via Dolorosa to the pool
Before you called me
Fear of retaliation

Do you think it was an easy lesson?
My body shrunk in your presence
Trembled from top to bottom
A lamb to the slaughter

Do you think it was an easy lesson?
I would feel your oily hands seize me
Throw me into the filthy pool
Green everywhere

Do you think it was an easy lesson?
Slimy down my throat
The liquid of life
And death

Do you think it was an easy lesson?
Darkness and light
Darkness and light
Darkness and light

Do you think it was an easy lesson?
The touch of mosaic
Only a second of relief
Out of the pool

Do you think it was an easy lesson?
The Calvary again, again, again
You seemed to enjoy it
You surely did

Every day from those
I’m still struggling to float
Away from you
Do you think it was an easy lesson?

Copyright Guillermo Mathé Leguizamón 2012

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